How to Do Boho Fashion Sustainably: Our 10 Favourite Clothing Brands
25 Mar

How to Do Boho Fashion Sustainably: Our 10 Favourite Clothing Brands

Whenever I think of boho, I picture some of the greatest legends in the fashion and music industries. People like Stevie Nicks and Talitha Getty and the free-spirited hippies of the 60s and 70s. If you’re into the boho look, you’re in luck: we found 10 ethical boho brands so you can achieve the perfect artistic and relaxed style.

What is boho fashion?

Boho is an effortless and breezy style, characterised by long floaty skirts or dresses, loose blouses, boots, and bold (often floral) prints.

Often associated with artists, intellectuals, and writers, bohemian fashion is also seen as an edgier counterculture, going against the trends, structures, and traditions of society.

The boho “look” seems to have appeared in France after the French Revolution, but it really took off in the 1960s, alongside other countercultures, as young people tried to distance themselves from the growing materialistic mainstream.

Today’s boho is less of a counterculture and lifestyle, as mass media embraced this romantic style. In 2019, boho inspirations include the Olsen twins, Sienna Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Alexa Chung, Florence Welch, and everyone at Coachella, really. Thanks to them, the trend has been revived with a modern twist and minimalist approach.

But many of the boho brands we hear about today, like Free People or Anthropologie, can harm the planet. And that’s not what we want, right?

To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 brands doing beautiful sustainable boho clothing. Ready to channel your inner Janis Joplin?

Our favourite ethical boho brands

All the Wild Roses

Rated: Good
sustainable boho top by All The Wild Roses

Natalia Terracotta Floral Cotton Top – Ships internationally

Australian brand All the Wild Roses creates bohemian fashion (precisely what we’re looking for) for the dreamers and change makers. It uses up to 50% deadstock fabric and makes products using a just-in-time system, creating less waste in the supply chain as a result.

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OhSevenDays

Rated: Good
woman wearing white oh seven days sustainable dress

Allie Dress – Ships internationally

OhSevenDays was started by Australian-Canadian Megan Mummery to promote slow fashion and the ‘power of circularity’. Based in Istanbul, the brand reclaims end-of-roll fabrics from the city’s garment factories and creates sharp, everyday womenswear that’s as wearable as it is ethical. Essentially, they make slow fashion from fast fashion's leftovers!

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Shop Oh Seven Days.

Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good
woman wearing mother of pearl sustainable dress

Eleanor Dress – Ships internationally

Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensure the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain.

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Shop Mother of Pearl @ Rêve en Vert.

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Vege Threads

Rated: Great

Hemp Gaucho Pants – Ships internationally

Vege Threads is ECA certified and makes all its clothing in Australia. Their range of sustainable, eco-friendly fashion includes men’s and women’s basics, activewear, and swimwear. Plus, it uses 100% GOTS certified cotton, yay!

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Shop Vege Threads.

TAMGA Designs

Rated: Great
sustainable poncho by ethical fashion brand TAMGA Designs

Bella Poncho – Ships internationally

If you’re looking for floral prints, then you’ve come to the right place. TAMGA Designs creates conscious and colourful (and floral) clothing using eco-friendly fabrics, like Tencel and organic cotton, and eco dyes.

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Shop TAMGA Designs.

Christy Dawn

Rated: Great
ethically made black ankle boots by Christy Dawn

The Dawn Boot – Ships internationally

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ethical olive jumpsuit from Christy Dawn

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Christy Dawn is a minimalist showroom for vintage-inspired (imagine, Stevie Nicks in a brand, but better) women’s clothes and dresses, locally made with surplus fabric. The brand rates ‘Great’ on all fronts, making it a fabulously ethical boho option for your wardrobe.

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tonlé

Rated: Good
woman wearing tonle white sustainable jumper

Srey Oun Sweater – Ships internationally

Do the boho trend, zero-waste style. tonlé provides environmentally-friendly women’s clothing with a zero-waste design process. To do so, the brand uses remnant fabrics from large manufacturers as well as recycled threads and reclaimed wood from local suppliers for its trim and accessories.

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Ace & Jig

Rated: Good

Faye Dress – Ships internationally

On the hunt for some effortless style? Ace and Jig creates just that, using custom woven fabrications made by artisan weavers in India. Although greater transparency is needed about the brand’s labour rights, it’s important to note that it employs 90% female artisans and provides free childcare.

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Shop Ace & Jig.

 

People Tree

Rated: Great

Marianne Paisley Dress – Ships internationally

Ethical pioneers People Tree have some classic boho looks in their collection, using Broderie Anglaise, swirly floral prints, and bell sleeves. All their clothes are guaranteed fair trade, and are made with eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton and tencel.

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Shop People Tree.

 

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